Local Coronavirus COVID-19 Resource Center: Alerts, Closings, Cancellations, Solutions


Since the first testing for COVID-19 in Maine, information and cancellation notices have flowed to our inboxes at a fast pace. 

So, the Pilot established a resource page, a collection center for all the alerts and vital information our readers need to know.

Innovative solutions are also filling in, easing life for everyone as we move through these unfamiliar sequestering days.

The latest information will appear at the top of the page, and the top of the subsections appearing within the sidebar.

Stay healthy, keep your distance, and keep your chin up!

On Friday, March 13, residents are stocking up on groceries and other items, filling the roads and parking lots. 

Gov. Mills issues ‘Stay Healthy at Home’ COVID-19 mandate

VIDEO: Gov. Mills announces ‘major new actions to protect public health and safety’

Maine’s COVID-19 Cases

Bolduc Correctional Facility employee tests positive for COVID-19

COVID-19 deaths recorded in Kennebec, York counties

March 31 update: New Knox County COVID-19 case; one recovery in Knox, Waldo counties; 303 statewide cases

March 30 update: Lincoln County’s COVID-19 cases rise; 275 statewide cases

Two additional COVID-19 deaths registered in Maine, including MDOT employee

March 29 update: Knox County’s COVID-19 cases rise; 253 statewide cases

Two Pen Bay Medical Center doctors test positive for COVID-19

March 28 update: Two recover from COVID-19 in Lincoln County; statewide 211 confirmed cases

Pen Bay Medical Center treats, discharges to home its first COVID-19 in-patient

March 27 update: Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rise in Knox County, statewide

Maine records first death of individual who tested positive for COVID-19 

Winterport Freshies Deli employee tests positive for COVID-19, store re-opens after sanitization

March 26 update: 155 confirmed statewide COVID-19 cases; one in Knox County, two in Waldo County, five in Lincoln County

March 25 update: 142 confirmed statewide COVID-19 cases; one in Knox County, one in Waldo County, five in Lincoln County

Waldo County General Hospital nurse tests positive for COVID-19

March 24 update: 118 confirmed statewide COVID-19 cases; one in Knox County, one in Waldo County, 5 in Lincoln County

March 23 update: 107 confirmed statewide COVID-19 cases; one in Knox County, five in Lincoln

Why Maine CDC says Knox County has zero COVID-19 cases, despite once saying otherwise

March 22 update: 89 confirmed statewide COVID-19 cases

Why Maine CDC will no longer report ‘presumptive positive’ COVID-19 cases

OceanView at Falmouth reports sixth case of COVID-19, patient at Maine Medical Center

March 21 update: 70 confirmed statewide COVID-19 cases

Maine CDC March 20 update: Cases of COVID-19 at 44 confirmed, 12 presumptive positive

UPDATED: Falmouth retirement community reports two more COVID-19 cases on its campus

March 19 update from Maine CDC: cases of COVID-19 at 42 confirmed, 10 presumptive positive

UPDATE: Lincoln County’s third COVID-19 case moves to ‘confirmed’

March 18 update from Maine CDC: cases of COVID-19 climb to 30 confirmed, 12 presumptive positive

UPDATE: Second Lincoln County case moves to ‘confirmed’; Miles nurse presumptive positive for coronavirus is showing no symptoms

March 17 noon update from Maine CDC: cases of COVID-19 climb to 23 confirmed in state

Pen Bay Medical Center clarifies Knox County case of COVID-19

Belfast Area High School teachers face down COVID-19 scare March 16

Maine CDC adds ‘presumptive positive’ Knox County case to list of COVID-19 test results

Maine COVID-19 cases, updated as of March 16

Presumptive positive test result for Lincoln County resident

MaineHealth report: New testing procedures reveal new cases of COVID-19

Preliminary testing indicates two new presumptive positive COVID-19 cases in Maine

Maine announces first presumptive positive case, advises additional steps to respond to COVID-19


 Solutions and Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Mental healthcare professionals turn to virtual sessions during pandemic

Indie bookshops find workarounds to get books into hands of socially isolated customers

Penobscot Bay lobstermen survive by taking product directly to the people

Camden distillery helps produce hand sanitizer for hospital; breweries, distillers statewide join effort

Rockland South School’s Comfort Closet supplies families with hygiene products, expands resource during pandemic

Call to action: Maine appeals to retired, semi-retired EMTs, nurses, doctors to register and help

Rep. Zeigler establishes senior check-in program amid pandemic

Willing to help dairy farmers during COVID-19 outbreak? Contact UMaine Extension

Searsport’s KINDNESS program provides meals during times of need

Chef offering virtual cooking sessions to help Midcoast figure out what to cook

Rep. Doudera organizes check-in network for seniors during COVID-19 pandemic

Rockland woman turns to baking after being temporarily laid off amid COVID-19

Midcoast turns to virtual fitness sessions with familiar teachers

Acts of generosity: Danica Candles gives away ‘decompression candles’

Camden Hills Regional High School’s Edna St. Vincent Millay Library still in business of lending books to students

Coping with sheltering at home: Red Cross advice, tips

Midcoast therapists discuss best ways to cope during COVID-19

Waldoboro Miller School teachers introduce familiarity through virtual reading sessions

Four Corner Variety owners providing free lunches to youth, elderly during pandemic

United Midcoast Charities creates new Rapid Response Fund in response to COVID-19

Spontaneous generosity: Camden-Rockport schools deliver boxes of nitrile gloves Pen Bay Medical Center

Kindness and generosity come in a surprise phone call to one stressed Camden restaurateur

UMaine Extension creates 4-H online resources for learning at home

New online Maine farm products, pick-up directory available

A new Facebook group directly connects Maine fishermen to local buyers

Craignair Inn and Restaurant to host ‘pay what you can’ event for people financially affected by COVID-19

Maine students may be at home, but they still get breakfast and lunch — and it’s delivered

Game Loft launches ‘Reach Out to ME: I’ll be there’ postcard initiative

A working list of all Midcoast bars, restaurants, and delivery services offering food, alcohol, groceries, products

Five Towns area teens join task force, provide free childcare

Suddenly home schooling? Here are resources to help

Game Loft providing free grab-and-go lunches to children during COVID-19

One Waldoboro farmer seeks urgent solutions to current economy


Local COVID-19 News

A quick summary of Maine’s COVID-19 response law

Rockport Pediatrician William Stephenson: On children and COVID-19

Penobscot Bay YMCA announces StayWithUs campaign

COVID-19 food safety resource page available through UMaine Extension

UMaine Extension opens new ask-an-expert agriculture page 

Mark Fourre: Pen Bay Medical Center, Waldo County General Hospital ‘prepared to meet this challenge’

Roe Chiacchio: Befriend your fears and make chicken soup

Councilors issue resolve encouraging rent leniency in Rockland

Camden man said he took guns to protect himself during COVID-19 pandemic

Rockland EMS, police, City Manager deliver update to Council during COVID-19 days

Vinalhaven, Maine: Caring, Responsible Community or Vigilante Town?

Churches organize daily bell ringing for community healing

Pen Bay Area YMCA produces video update about current operations

Area vintage basketball games to be rebroadcast on TV, online

Don't block any roads

MaineHealth institutes telehealth to keep patients out of doctors’ offices

Unseasonal Symbiosis

Carbon Crash in the Corona-crisis

Rockland Golf Club opens for season, addresses COVID-19 response

First Congregational Church, Camden to provide services online

OUT Maine continues programming virtually during COVID-19

Knox County deputies investigate Vinalhaven incident: Tree cut to barricade driveway, quarantine demanded

Donations being accepted for RSU 71 food pantry

Islesboro Selectmen to community: Everyone recalibrate summer expectations

In spite of unprecedented times in the sports world, we will get through this

Waldo County Sheriff works to reduce department risks of COVID-19

Conservation District extends plant sale order deadline, schedules curbside pickup

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine starts BiggerTogether pen pal campaign

Call to action: Maine appeals to retired, semi-retired EMTs, nurses, doctors to register and help

Farmers invited to online meetings to share information during pandemic 

Popham Beach among State Parks closed due to overcrowding

Islesboro seeks citizen volunteers

Doors remain closed at Rockland Public Library; remote access continues

South Thomaston issues updates on Town’s response to COVID-19

Annual Easter meal at Rockland church to continue as take-out

Whose life is it, anyway?

Lincoln County request for personal protective equipment

Midcoast agencies awarded COVID-19 emergency response grants

Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos appeals to Gov. Mills to extend state tax filing deadline

Town of Rockport COVID-19 updated response: travelers, newly arrived seasonal visitors to quarantine for 14 days

Camden library extends closure, announces updates

‘Surge preparation’ underway on Miles Campus

Searsmont Selectmen hold emergency meeting today, 4 p.m.

Municipalities, school districts scramble to employ technology; maintain open, participatory meetings

Town Manager Audra Caler-Bell outlines Camden’s response to COVID-19

Maine is full of resourceful, hardworking, proud and friendly folk

Quicksilver Water Shuttle suspends commuter service amid COVID-19

Ocean State Job Lot donating supplies amid pandemic

MCH Meals on Wheels Meeting the Challenge in Knox County

Knox County Sheriff Tim Carroll: On reducing jail population during COVID-19

A View from the Rockport Select Board Seat

Concord suspends Midcoast bus service

Lincolnville Selectmen convene this evening; public asked to watch on TV, or streaming technology

Lincolnville Town Office closed to in-person transactions

Islesboro Central School extends closure until April 27

Harbor Freight to donate entire supply of personal protective equipment to hospitals

New Hope for Women cancels in-person meetings, continues 24-hour hotline

Photo gallery: Midcoast Maine establishes new normal with a sense of grace

Mr. & Ms. Maine and Northeast Physique Championships rescheduled to September

LincolnHealth responds to COVID-19 by making staffing adjustments

St. George Fire and Rescue needs thermometers

Good Tern, Hole in the Wall adjust hours and services

A Message from Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos: Navigating rough seas together

Owls Head, South Thomaston, Thomaston Solid Waste Corporation reduces crew, changes policies during COVID-19

Pen Bay Medical Center, Waldo County General Hospital have COVID-19 surge plans in place

Municipal updates during COVID-19: Waldo County

Municipal updates during COVID-19: Knox County, Waldoboro

RSU 3 extends school closure until April 27

Rockland EMS makes plea for N95 masks

Mid-Coast Solid Waste enacts COVID-19 precautions at Rockport transfer facility

Hannaford note to customers outlines new hours, says ‘supply chain healthy and resilient’

Update from RSU 71 superintendent: Schools closed, meals available for pick-up or bus delivery

Hannaford, Shaw’s, Walmart stores open extra early for elders, those with health risks

Hannaford Supermarkets dedicates shopping hours for high-risk, vulnerable customers

North Haven rescinds travel ban to the island

Pen Bay Medical Center, Waldo County General Hospital initiate visitor restrictions

Steve Hirshberg: Let's experience spring outdoors

Rockport residents Marsha and Vic Steinglass stranded in Morocco, want to get home

Oil Down. Soon Out?

Rockport Town Manager reports on municipal operations under COVID-19

Shaw’s establishes reserved shopping hours for senior citizens, at-risk individuals

Pen Bay Medical Center, Waldo County General Hospital open temporary respiratory evaluation centers

Mid-Coast Solid Waste enacts COVID-19 precautions at Rockport transfer facility

All Masses in Maine temporarily suspended in response to CDC guidance on COVID-19

Warren closes Town Office, library

Pen Bay Chamber of Commerce staff to work remotely; creates resource page for businesses

Belfast closes city hall until March 31; library shut; suspends recycling

Appleton Village School addresses remote instruction

Information from Oceanside High’s principal on classes amid COVID-19

Oceanside Middle principal addresses remote instruction

RSU 71 schools open March 18 during specific hours for remote learning equipment pick-up

Rockland issues COVID-19 proclamation: Fitness centers, yoga studios must close; businesses urged to allow employees to work from home

Long Funeral Home prepared to care for families during COVID-19 pandemic

Knox County closes offices

Thorndike, Burnham postpone annual town meetings

MaineHealth (PenBay and Waldo hospitals) suspend elective surgeries, non-urgent office visits

Edna Drinkwater shares food services, educational materials information

Islesboro Central School shares letter on remote instruction

Thomaston municipal non-uniform offices temporarily closed to public

Owls Head Town Office closes through April 2

RSU 20 shares food service, educational materials information

Camden-Rockport Middle shares information on collecting items at school

RSU 3 superintendent releases new letter with important information

Camden Hills releases remote class schedule

RSU 13 releases family letter with important information

Rockport outlines municipal plan for COVID-19 days

Alternatives to panic shopping/hoarding while we get though this

Town of Camden outlines its COVID-19 response plan

Announcement from Knox County Sheriff Timothy Carroll

North Haven Select Board limits travel to island, human contact on island amid COVID-19

Five Town Little League suspends league activity until April 27

Islesboro Central School cancels classes through March 27

Camden Snow Bowl scraps pond skim, cardboard box derby; amends season’s schedule

Babe Ruth baseball activity suspended until May 1

RSU 20 cancels classes through March 27

Vinalhaven School cancels this week’s classes

Camden’s Watershed School shifts to remote instruction

UPDATED: Lincolnville, Appleton, Hope schools closed until April 27; superintendent addresses COVID-19

UPDATED: RSU 40 schools closed until April 17, superintendent addresses COVID-19

Edna Drinkwater School closed until April 27

St. George MSU closed for at least two weeks, superintendent provides important information

RSU 13 to close schools for ‘extended period’

Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital share new visitation guidelines

Quicksilver Water Shuttle addresses COVID-19

Waldo County’s Unity College shifting to remote instruction

RSU 71 schools closed until April 27

RSU 3 schools closed until March 27

Camden-Rockport, Camden Hills Regional High School closed until after April school vacation

Five Town Little League adjusting events schedule amid COVID-19

Islesboro Central School cancels classes for March 16

Vinalhaven School postponing activities, adding early release days

Five Town CSD, SAD 28 superintendent releases new school procedures amid COVID-19

Rockland cancels council meetings for at least two weeks, specifies COVID-19 plans

Regional School Unit 71 outlines COVID-19 contingency plans: Classes, Food Service, Mental Health Resources

Edna Drinkwater personnel address COVID-19

St. George superintendent addresses COVID-19

Appleton Village School addresses COVID-19, asks students to stop using water fountains

Is the Bear Market Here to Stay?

Five Town CSD, SAD 28 superintendent cancels public events

RSU 13 superintendent cancels school activities amid COVID-19

Knox Center, Quarry Hill limit visitations to Camden, Rockland facilities

RSU 71 superintendent addresses COVID-19

RSU 13 superintendent addresses COVID-19, adds early release day

Islesboro head of school addresses COVID-19 preparations

Vinalhaven School superintendent addresses COVID-19

RSU 3 superintendent releases new letter outlining flu/virus measures

Rockland activates coronavirus precautions for EMS, firefighters

RSU 71 superintendent addresses coronavirus preparations

RSU 3 superintendent addresses coronavirus preparations

Belfast, Rockport hospitals prepared, should Coronavirus 2019 emerge in Midcoast

RSU 13 superintendent addresses coronavirus preparations

What Does the Coronavirus Mean for Investors?


Statewide Response

Dental practices throughout Maine donate personal protective equipment

Gov. Mills issues ‘Stay Healthy at Home’ COVID-19 mandate

VIDEO: Gov. Mills announces ‘major new actions to protect public health and safety’

Dept. of Labor joins new federal unemployment programs to help Mainers during COVID-19

Governor, DHHS commissioner accelerate benefits for personal care workers, home-bound seniors

Analysis: Inability to prepare for coronavirus is a failure of U.S. government

Relying on local foods during the COVID-19 crisis

Gov. Mills: Today we are feeling grief. But today — and every day — we also know hope

Maine Delegation calls on Navy to extend COVID-19 worker protection guidelines to private shipyards like BIW

BMV issued licenses, State ID expirations extended during emergency

Gov. Mills, Commissioner Camuso extend boating registration renewal period

After adjournment due to COVID-19, lawmakers feel pressure to decide on more than 450 bills

Governor launches online resource outlining ways Mainers can help Mainers amid COVID-19

Gov. Mills extends state income tax filing, payment deadline to July 15

Stockpile Crash: Once prepared, Maine has exhausted its stockpile of protective medical equipment

Maine outdoor agencies urge public to enjoy the outdoors responsibly

Cioppa: Mainers recently unemployed should consider health insurance coverage options

Maine ferry runs to and from islands to be reduced during pandemic

Two new orders from Gov. Mills promote access to health care during COVID-19

Dept. of Education Commissioner addresses school day requirement, meal deliveries, special education

Update on Maine unemployment insurance during COVID-19 pandemic

Gov. Janet Mills orders further steps to protect public health, issues new order effective March 25

Ensure the public’s business remains transparent and accessible during COVID-19 emergency

Special Olympics Maine suspends activities through May 31

Maine’s Congressional delegation urges federal government to deliver medical equipment to fight COVID-19 in Maine

Governor Mills: We have risen to the challenges of our times before and we are rising to the challenges before us now

Governor Mills, Commissioner Camuso suspend inland waters fishing license requirement, open waters to inland fishing

IRS pushes tax filing deadline to July 15

SBA offers disaster assistance to Maine small businesses economically affected by COVID-19

Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection warns of sewer systems and COVID-19

New website providing COVID-19 resources to agriculture and food businesses

CMP to waive late payment and reconnection charges, filed request to waive restrictions on payment plans

Governor Mills urges federal government, Vice President to release personal protection equipment from national stockpile

Governor: No dine-in service at bars, restaurants; no gatherings of more than 10 people

Maine Representatives Jeffrey Evangelos, Bill Pluecker issue joint statement on COVID-19

How the Maine Turnpike Authority is responding to COVID-19

Governor, legislature tackle COVID-19 response through emergency legislative package

CMP taking steps to prevent service interruptions during COVID-19

Maine reduces jail population amid coronavirus concerns

Governor issues declaration to protect Mainers against price-gouging

Maine CareerCenter services available online, by phone only

DHHS waiving copays for prescriptions, office visits, ER visits, radiology and lab services; allowing early refills of prescriptions

All Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch offices closed to public

Proposed state budget revised to add millions for public health initiatives

Maine’s Superior Court, District Court issue emergency order vacating warrants for unpaid fines

SBA approves Maine’s application for loans to help eligible businesses impacted by COVID-19

Governor Mills urges cancellation of Saint Patrick’s Day events

Maine People’s Alliance mounts community effort, statewide amid COVID-19

Maine Equal Justice provides information, resources during the COVID-19 outbreak

Maine DOE commissioner addresses educational response to COVID-19

Governor recommends suspending classroom instruction, postponing non-urgent medical procedures, appointments

Central Maine Power to request extension of winter disconnect rules

Gov. Mills takes step to protect workers, small businesses amid COVID-19

Maine Water closes offices to public, establishes home visit guidelines, assures drinking water health

No criminal, civil jury trials to be heard in State Courts until May

State Legislature will suspend work early next week amid COVID-19

Maine CDC releases guidance for accessing COVID-19 testing, care for uninsured people

President Trump declares COVID-19 a national emergency

Sen. King, colleagues introduce legislation to ensure free COVID-19 testing

Sen. Collins convenes meeting with heads of Maine health organizations to discuss COVID-19

BMV mobile unit visits suspended amid COVID-19

USDA approves waiver, providing schools flexibility in meal services during possible closures

Hotline available to answer general questions about COVID-19

Federal government provides more than $4 million to support Maine’s COVID-19 response

Residents encouraged to use Bureau of Motor Vehicles online services amid COVID-19

Maine advises investors to ride calmly through market volatility, beware con artists

Coronavirus scammers target seniors, demand money for vaccine

Governor’s radio address: ‘Preparing for the Coronavirus in Maine’

Maine to begin testing for COVID-19 at state lab

Maine CDC provides coronavirus travel guidance

Governor Mills convenes coronavirus response team


Area Cancellations, Postponements, Closings

MPS cancels public awards reception

Searsmont postpones town meeting

South Thomaston postpones Town Meeting, adds online services

Big Brothers Big Sisters reschedules Midcoast Bowl for Kids’ Sake

West Bay Rotary suspends meetings, programs through May 15

POSTPONED: Citizens invited to help celebrate Joe Curll’s retirement after 36 years at Coastal Opportunities

Georges River Trout Unlimited cancels meetings

Mid-Coast Optical closes temporarily

CANCELED: Free Repair Cafe in Belfast

Cinderella Project of Maine prom dress giveaway postponed

Camden Opera House closed, events rescheduled

Rockport Public Library closed, patrons asked to hold onto checked-out materials

Carver Memorial Library closed through March

Rockland Public Library closes, staff to answer questions by phone

Camden Snow Bowl closes all Snow Bowl operations

UMaine Hutchinson Center closed to the public through April 5

Unity Area Regional Recycling Center closed through end of month

Rockland Elk’s Lodge closes, cancels programs

POSTPONED: New England boiled dinner public supper

Strand Theatre closed in response to state guidelines

Pen Bay YMCA closes until April 1

Camden Public Library closes until April 1

CANCELED: Medomak Arts Project to host The Rusty Hinges

CANCELED: Art Night at Medomak Arts Project to celebrate women

CANCELED: Open house for New Hope for Women’s new Damariscotta location

CANCELED: Belfast area poets to present ‘Shelter in Poetry’ for women

Medomak Arts Project cancels March events

CANCELED Cabin Fever Reliever: Steelin’ Thunder to play Watts Hall!

CANCELED: Spring Clearance book, bake sale at Rockland Public Library

Owls Head Transportation Museum closes temporarily

Noon Music in Lent series canceled

Cushing Public Library closes, future programs rescheduled

Hope Library suspends programs, library remains open to borrow books

Belfast Free Library suspends all programs, events, meeting room usage through March

Hutchinson Center postpones events with more than 25 participants through April 5

Camden First Congregational Church cancels services, programs

PenBay YMCA’s adult learn-to-swim lessons postponed

Rock Coast Roller Derby suspends practices amid COVID-19

Midcoast Community Chorus suspends rehearsals

Rockland Public Library cancels programs, initiates prevention measures

Merryspring postpones upcoming Tuesday Talks

Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast cancels services, programs

POSTPONED: Rockland Firefighters’ 9th annual Chili, Chowder Cook-off to benefit MDA

CANCELLED: Dirigo Rocks! receives Bicentennial nod for music fest during Camden celebration

Chamber of Commerce to reschedule Business Expo in Rockport

MPA delaying start of spring sports season to late April

POSTPONED: Filmed primarily in Boothbay Harbor, Bicentennial screening of ‘Carousel’ comes to Waldoboro

Maine Boatbuilders Show 2020 is postponed

CANCELLED: Medomak Valley’s 17th Annual Empty Bowl Supper, RSU 40 district wide art show

POSTPONED: Rockport March 15 Community Supper celebrating Maine’s Bicentennial is postponed


CDC Information

What is COVID-19? 

Maine CDC COVID-19 Fact Sheet

COVID-19 Symptoms

How does COVID-19 spread? 

How can we prevent COVID-19 from spreading? 

What if I have symptoms of COVID-19?